Friday, 3 January 2014

Sweeps Ditch - Staines

Sweeps Ditch
Sweeps Ditch flows southwards

Post to the north Staines
Post to the south Penton Hook and Penton Hook Marina
Post to the west Staines Penton Road and ~Thorpe Hay Meadow


Commercial Road
Staines Park. The Resource Centre provides a scrap store for art and craft goods.
Model Railway. The Staines Society of Model Engineers dates from the end of 1945 and restated in 1973. The club then began to look for a site for their track which was opened in 1978.


Laleham Road
Sweeps Bridge

Park Avenue
Leacroft School. Closed 1990

Parkside Place
Scout Hut for the 1st Staines Scouts. The troop dates from 2008


Wheatsheaf Lane
Staines Town Football Club. The town's St Peter's Institute football team took part in the FA Cup in 1879, but Staines Town Club was formed in 1892 and then merged with St Peter's Institute.  Near the end of the Second World War the club re-formed as Staines Vale.  Planning permission for a Conference and health facility was granted in 2000 and the work was finished by 2003.


Worple Road
Staines Cricket and Hockey Club. Staines Hockey Club was formed in 1890, and Its early years were very successful with internationals playing for the club and a number of gold medals being won in the 1908 Olympic Games. After the Second World War things were less bright. A grass pitch was hired on the Staines Linoleum Company's sports ground in Mill Mead, and post match entertaining was initially at the Packhorse Hotel and subsequently at the Railway Hotel. In 1961, the Club played on Laleham Village Recreation and, tea was taken in the Scout Hut and the "Three Horseshoes”. In 1972 with the Staines & Laleham Cricket Club whose ground had been sold for housing development and a lease was obtained on a ground in Worple Road, owned by London Transport. The Cricket Club had received money for leaving their ground and a brick pavilion was built and 4 hockey pitches and two cricket squares were laid out. In the early 1990s London Transport agreed to sell the land to the cub and a loan was obtained from Spelthorne Council.

Sources
Spelthorne Council Web site
Staines Football Club. Web site
Staines Hockey Club. Web site
Staines Scouts. Web site
Staines Society of Model Engineers. Web site

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